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David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty”

March 2, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Study Guide: David Gonzalez's "Sleeping Beauty" In this decidedly modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, master storyteller David Gonzalez uses rhymes inspired by Dr. Seuss, music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and captivating projected images to create a world in which the sleeping princess is a vibrant participant in her own story.…

Mills and Arts: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

March 3, 2017 • 6:00 pm

Maine Historical Society

Jenny Scheinman : Offstage Activities Panel discussion including Q&A with Amy Stacey Curtis, visual artist, Monica Wood, author and playwright of “Papermaker”, Laura Faure, director of the Bates Dance Festival, Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director of Portland Stage, Rachel Desgrosselliers, Executive Director of Museum LA, and Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society.…

20 Feet from Stardom

March 9, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Frontier Cafe + Cinema + Gallery

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton : Offstage Activities Presented in collaboration with Frontier. 20 Feet from Stardom, the 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary introduces audiences to the “unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time” including Lisa Fischer presented by Portland Ovations at the State Theater on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.  …

Dance Masterclass with BODYTRAFFIC

March 16, 2017 • 5:30 pm

Dance Studio of Maine

BODYTRAFFIC: Offstage Activities Dancers from BODYTRAFFIC teach a masterclass at Dance Studio of Maine. Cost is $25 per person. Please Register with Dance Studio of Maine by calling them at 207.839.6161 For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

BODYTRAFFIC and the Dancer’s Body: A Behind the Scenes Interview

March 18, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

BODYTRAFFIC: Offstage Activities Trish Moulton, director of the Dance Studio of Maine, will share her pre-recorded interview with Gorham native and former BODYTRAFFIC company member Andrew Wojtal—to contextualize the company’s place in the world of dance today and historically. Join us for this rare “behind the scenes” opportunity to learn more about the world of…

Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven

March 19, 2017 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin : Offstage Activities Anthony Antolini, a professor in the Bowdoin College Music Department, discusses musical examples that will enhance your enjoyment of the performance by Philharmonia Quartett Berlin. What do Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven have in common in their string quartets? What makes these three quartets so memorable? Why did they write…

Golden Dragon Acrobats

April 6, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic company touring today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and…

“In Music, as in Life, Timing is Everything”

April 15, 2017 • 2:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Emanuel Ax : Offstage Activities Laura Kargul Flexibility in tempo and pacing can be essential to creating great drama and poetry in music, but the interpreter invariably walks a fine line between too much and too little. Laura Kargul, pianist and Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine,…

Destination Pittsburgh: Take Me out to the Opera

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera

Hit the road with Portland Ovations for the ultimate “away game” when Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King receives its fully-staged premiere at Pittsburgh Opera.

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”

A Kennedy Center commission Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! is based on Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books.

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